Portable DVD player

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  1. Viennese

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    Can anyone recommend a decent DVD player for travelling? Prefer a larger than 9" screen. Anyone got a Bush 10 or 12 Inch Portable DVD Player perhaps? That's the one I'm looking at.

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    Have you considered a laptop with a DVD drive?
     
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    Thanks for responding - I have a netbook - did not want to spend too much more money!

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    The TV in my van has a DVD player built in and was only a bit over £100 quid. If I had a rear view mirror I could see it while driving, which would be illegal, but I haven't.
    I can't see why anyone would want to watch a DVD while moving anyway, likely to increase travel sickness if nothing else.
     
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    I'd be interested in this answer, I would like to find a decent 12 volt DVD player also for when we go off into the wild blue yonder, We all KNOW the standard of TV don't we?

    Crapola!:Eeek:
     
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    This is mine, also available in 22" if you have room.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Freeview-Record-Caravan-12/dp/B003VPJZ48/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366223631&sr=8-1&keywords=12v+tv"]16" Ultra Slim LED Digital Freeview USB Record TV DVD.: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics[/ame]

    Brand of mine is Kogan, some are badged differently but all basically the same TV.

    It will also play back videos from a memory stick or external drive but .avi files only. I have hundreds of films on a passport drive, but they are .mp4 so have to be watched on my laptop.

    A plus point is that it has a 12v regulator and will run off anything from 8v to 24 v.
     
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    Hopefully it is not the driver, but the passenger(s) who want to watch DVD's on the move.

    My little lads frequently watch DVD's whilst we are driving. It actually keeps their minds off feeling travel sick.... and increases the time intervals between..... "are we there yet"....:thumb:

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    USB DVD Drive?

    Is this for watching on the move or once parked?

    Would an external DVD drive be practical to plug into the Tablet? Does the tablet have a USB port? These start from around £25.

    Another option is an external hard drive loaded with the films but again it depends on having a USB socket on the Tablet - more hassle to prepare as the films have to be transferred from the DVD disks but easier to carry on trips. I think these start at around £40 upwards and are more shake proof for viewing whilst travelling.

    We have not had much luck with handheld DVD players - the battery life seems to be too short but maybe that is just our bad luck! :cry:
     
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    Don't want to watch DVDs on the move! We won't bother with TV, as so much is rubbish, but would like to watch decent films occasionally. The net book won't play DVDs to a sufficiently good quality, but since there are DVD portables on the market which run on mains or cigarette lighter connection thought it was worth asking for advice!

    Catherine
     
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    We have 2Tb "sunvision" HD 12v supply 240v adapter if required plays all formats and loaded with hundreds of films + ripped all cd collection to mp3 also on HD cost £99.00 playback TV or PC via HDMI or USB or trial leads red yellow white suit's us fine :Smile:
     
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    A "portable" DVD player with a reasonable size screen, (probably max 10") and decent picture quality will probably cost £70 to £100. these can be realatively heavy because of the battery. However real battery life is normally not much more than an average single movie duration.

    For almost the same price you could buy a small TV with built in DVD.

    The TV will have a bigger screen, say 16" which will make it easier if more than one person is watching. You can sit further away in comfort. You can plug in a USB or portable hard drive if you have movies loaded on them. It can also run on 240V or 12V, and is small and light enough to stow in a locker when travelling if you do not want to fix it permanently.

    With TV would also give you the option that you can also view TV at any time if you so wish, news, Sports events, documentaries etc...




    9" Portable DVD £79 (1.26kg)

    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-SDP97-inch-Portable-Player/dp/tech-data/B008JSIB2Y"]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-SDP97-inch-Portable-Player/dp/tech-data/B008JSIB2Y[/ame]



    16" TV / DVD £109 (2.6kg)

    http://www.kogan.com/uk/buy/16-led-tv-hd-pvr-dvd/

    Just depends what you feel will best suit your needs......


    p.s The Bush 12" portable is about £99, has a maximum 2 hrs battery life on a good day, and has some mixed reviews on different sites.......

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    Thanks Callum - any others? The Kogan one seems to be not available, anywhere!!

    C
     
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    I have just had a quick look.

    This is a wee bit more expensive (£139) but supplied with 12V and 240V power leads.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Freeview-Record-Caravan-12/dp/B003VPJZ48/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-theater&ie=UTF8&qid=1366273141&sr=1-1&keywords=akura"]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Freeview-Record-Caravan-12/dp/B003VPJZ48/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-theater&ie=UTF8&qid=1366273141&sr=1-1&keywords=akura[/ame]



    For travelling I bought an Akura TV/DVD (16" for £89 at Makro )which the boys watch. It is supplied with a 240V cable and adapter (brick). however the output from that is 12V so I just made up my own 12V power lead, cost about £5. Just make sure you get the polarity correct.

    This is £119, but without 12V lead.

    http://www.tesco.com/direct/technika-19-248com-19-widescreenhd-ready-led-backlit-tvdvd-combi-with-freeview/215-2005.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=215-2005

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    Thanks Callum - the Tesco one is too big, I don't have storage space in my van conversion for something that size. Could do 16" at a pinch but wouldn't be easy. The other one looks very good, but Amazon don't have it and I think it's out of production according to Akura web site!

    I think I'll give up and go back to Scrabble!!

    Thanks again!!

    Catherine
     
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